|Slow shots for accuracy at 3 yds|
My shots were grouped very well. You can see that I had a couple fliers on the center mass grouping (first shots).There was a slight bias to the left, but not nearly as bad as towards the end of my last session. Also, when I thew the couple shots I immediately stopped and unloaded the pistol. I then performed ten good dry fires to help reinforce proper trigger manipulation.
|Ball and Dummy Drills at 3 yds|
At the suggestion of some of the good folks at m4carbine.net, I loaded up two dummy rounds along with 8 live rounds for the next drill. Again, groupings were fairly good, but when I did foul up, the rounds went low and to the left. And, the telling part of this drill was when I would encounter a dummy round. I was indeed flinching slightly. Nothing major, but obviously enough to tell the tale of why my shots sometimes went down and left. More dry fire at home is definitely in order. And more accuracy drills at the range.
|Slower than normal controlled pairs at 3 yds|
Here is the result of speeding up. As you can see, my groups opened up when trying to speed up my shots. I did focus more on accuracy than speed for this. Still, the head grouping was larger than I would like. The good news is that I did not throw one off the silhouette. This was my only drill that could loosely be called a "combat" style drill as I was not going for pure accuracy.
|Slow accurate fire at 5 yds|
I decided to push the target out to 5 yds and again work on accuracy. What a difference 2 yds makes. Not only did my groups open up (which is to be expected, I suppose), but the left and low bias was more pronounced. Still, I kept it all on the silhouette. I maybe should have quit at this point to not reinforce bad trigger habits. I decided to reel it back in for one handed shots to change it up.
|One handed right (top 7 point of aim), one handed left (bottom 7 point of aim) at 3 yds|
This was the same target from the last picture just so that there is no confusion. My one handed shots were not terrible considering I don't spend a lot of trigger time using just one hand
|Slow accurate fire at 3 yds (14 round grouping)|
At this point I had 14 rounds left so I decided to throw up my last clean target and end my day on a good note. As you can see, the grouping was pretty good, but there were three shots low and to the left out of the 14.
I think it's just a matter of time and practice before I eliminate the flinch. I was on the money whenever I focused on just pulling the trigger back without flinching. As the session went on and I started to over think it was when my accuracy would suffer. The good news is that the groups were all fairly tight and there were none thrown off the silhouette. All in all, a good session, but with room to improve.
As usual, if anyone has any suggestions on how to completely eliminate flinching, then please do share. I am really wanting to become a good shot and know that accuracy work is the foundation for anyone who carries for self defense.